Dow’s Future of Water: Is a new age educational tool to grasp the attention of not only active water professionals but upcoming students as well. However, this conference was hosted by Dow Chemical Representative to learn about the role the chemistry plays in the global water crisis? The facts listed below were some that were presented in the presentations.
- According to Standard and Poor’s Credit Suisse Water Index, in 1950: fresh water reserves were 17000m3 per capita. In 1995: 7300m. In the period that the world population has doubled, demand for fresh water has quadrupled.
- By 2025, the UN forecasts that demand for fresh water will grow by 29% and supply will grow by 22%.
- Water has been announced as being a global problem. However, most of the water problems have regional and local solutions. Because “Water in main is not the same as water in Spain.”
- There was a HUGE focus on water Stewardship and water education. The understanding of where your water comes from (water address). Starting to inform youth about everything that we were unaware of growing up begins to develop a platform of understanding that leads to action.
- Water management seems to be extremely segregated into different management techniques and the level of efficiency in each subcategory: Wastewater, freshwater, storm water and rainwater. The fading of the difference in management will overall improve the water management efficiency.
- “Half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with preventable water-related diseases.”
- Per day over 600 water mains break in the United States on average.
- Current water infrastructure in the western region of the United States is roughly 80 years old (if not longer) and on average 20% of the water transported within this infrastructure is lost (through leaks, breaks, and seepage). The cost of replacing current infrastructure is estimated to be $335 Billion over the course of the next 20 years. While water is currently being priced at 1/3 of a penny, water prices are expected to tremendously increase.
- Mention of Biochar was a new subject mostly for sustainable agriculture and to allow for increase soil absorption to improve soil fertility.